Monday, 23 February 2015

Why I decided to be Muslim

As many of you lovely people know  I am Muslim so I have decided to share my story on my journey on reverting to Islam. Growing up, my family  had been Jehovah's witnesses and we were very involved with the kingdom hall as we attended quite a few days a week there and I admit, we were the people who went door to door to share the religion and this was part of our lives for many years until I decided that I did not believe in it and really did not like spending so much of my time involved in something that I just didn't believe in. This led to many years of my teenage life being atheist, even though deep down I knew there has to be something.

This all changed for me when I went on a local school trip at 14 year old to a Mosque in Blackburn. The mosque was very welcoming and they taught us all their basic belief and while I was there I felt at peace and I just loved the whole atmosphere; Even though I did not revert to Islam when I was 14 I did  think about it for a few years to come, but had no idea how to find out more information as my town had no mosque what so ever. I learnt as much as I could buy purchasing a Quran from a bookshop in my town.

A few years later at the age of 20, after learning a bit more about Islam I decided to revert to be Muslim. I took the Shahada(testimony of faith) with my husband holding my hand and I must admit it was one of the most beautiful days of my life and it really completed me. Ever since that day I won't say I am the most religious person in the world but I do love being Muslim and I read the Quran as much as possible and pray 5 times most days. I have got to learn a few things such as Arabic which i am doing most days and one day I will know it Inshallah.

So what have I learnt being Muslim?
  • Islam is peaceful and has so much charity to help people in need.
  • There's  5 pillars of Islam - Salah ( the 5 daily prayers) Zakat ( Giving 2.5% of of overall wealth/year to the poor and needy) Sawm ( Ramadan - a yearly one month event in which a Muslim fasts, kinda like a yearly service spiritually) Hajj ( Visting Mecca at least once in our lifetime if possible) and taking the testimony of faith( ''La ilaha il - Allah Muhammadur-rasool- Allah'', which means '' There is no true God but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of God'').
  • Appreciate family - the Quran teaches so much about your family and to take care of ones parents and to look after them, I really think that is super important and means so much to me.
  • Being a woman makes you strong and equal - with the media and many other views you would think being a Muslim women would mean oppression but it couldn't be any further from the truth, there is a whole chapter of the Quran dedicated to women and its called ' An-Nisaa' .

I am happy to answer any question too ♥ 
Melissa x 

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  1. Stephanie Hartley23 February 2015 at 10:39

    It's so lovely to hear someone share their faith story - just because you are born into a family with a certain faith doesn't mean that it is something you can believe in.

    Steph -

  2. Subhanallah, such a beautiful story hun!

  3. THEFASHION-JUNKIE ♥28 February 2015 at 00:57

    This was a pleasure to read. Welcome to the religion :) X